Unrivalled activities and attractions for holidaymakers
Beech Grove Caravan & Camping Park could hardly be located in a better spot. It’s at Fossaon the shores of Lough Léin, the largest of Killarney’s lakes, in view of the Macgillycuddy Reeks mountain range and minutes away from Killarney town.
Killarney, the biggest tourism centre in Ireland outside Dublin, has a wide range of restaurants and pubs, and is surrounded by numerous attractions, including the famous Lakes of Killarney, the jaunting cars (horse-drawn carts) operated by local jarvies, and Ireland’s first national park.
Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms
- Built in 1843, Muckross House is a magnificent Victorian mansion in Killarney National Park. The 65-room mansion portrays the lifestyles of the landed gentry and their servants.
- The beautiful gardens – one of the ‘Greatest Gardens of the World’ – reach down to the shore of Killarney’s middle lake and are surrounded by the mountains Mangerton, Torc, Eagle’s Nest, Tomies and Shehy.
- The Muckross Traditional Farms portray farming life in the 1930s and 1940s. Skilled artisans carry out daily tasks, and animals, poultry and traditional farm machinery are on show.
- A 15th century castle on the shore of Lough Léin
- The last castle in Munster to fall to English Puritan leader Cromwell, in 1652
- Used as a military barracks in the 18th and 19th centuries
- Restored in recent years
- Guided tours available
Lake trips from Ross Castle
A2.5km tour across Lough Léin (Lake of Learning) by open boat to Innisfallen Island:
- An important centre of learning in the early Christian period, it has been described as one of the oldest universities in Europe.
- Occupied for around 850 years, it has monastic ruins dating from the 6th to the 13th centuries.
- Famous for the Innisfallen Annals, now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford
- Celebrated by Thomas Moore in his song ‘Sweet Innisfallen’
Watercoach tour of beautiful Lough Léin:
- With commentary on the history and legends of the lakes
Killarney National Park: Woodland, valleys, waterfalls and Ireland’s highest mountain range, the Macgillycuddy Reeks. Four self-guided nature trails, including a trail for the visually impaired.
Torc Waterfall: a short walk up a steep footpath, it has a fall of 60 feet (18 metres) and is spectacular after heavy rainfall.
Ladies View: named after Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting who stopped to look at the magnificent lake and mountain scenery from this spot during the queen’s visit to Killarney in 1861.
Meeting of the Waters: where the waters of the Upper Lake meet those of the Middle Lake and Lough Léin at the Old Weir Bridge.
Gap of Dunloe
- A 10km mountain pass, and one of the most scenic glacial valleys in Ireland
- About 7km from Beech Grove Caravan & Camping Park
- Leaving from Kate Kearney’s Cottage, visitors tour on horseback, in jaunting cart, or by cycling or walking.
- On reaching the Upper Lake, you can continue your tour on the Gap Boat trip over the Killarney lakes.
A must for all daytrippers.
- Just 1.5km from Beech Grove, one of the most spectacular viewing points of Killarney’s lakes and mountains
- Monastic remains dating back to the 6th century and a round tower built around 1026 AD, of which you can climb the stairs
- ANorman 13th century castle
- Perfect spot for a picnic
Kissane Mountain Sheep Farm: adopt a sheep, see sheepdog and shearing demonstrations, take walks and picnics, and cuddle lambs. Puzzle Walk and Treasure Trail.
The Blue Pool: an enclave known mostly to locals, a magical place where the waters are coloured naturally by local limestone and other rocks.
Craig Cave: “Ireland’s most exciting show cave”, discovered in 1983 and thought to be over a million years old. Dramatic sound and lighting effects.Cave Centre with restaurant with home cooking, large souvenir shop.
Coolwood Wildlife Park and Sanctuary, with picnic area, children’s playground and coffee shop. Monkeys, lemurs, meerkats, raccoons, prairie dogs, agouties, arctic foxes, maras, llama, alpacas, mountjac deer, pygmy goats. Many birds of prey. Pets corner.
Kerry Woollen Mills, with guided tour
St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney, one of the finest example of Gothic Revival in Ireland
O’Sullivans Cascade: through Tomies Wood to the triple waterfall
Dunloe Castle: on a bend of the River Laune, with a motte dating from 1207
Kennedy’s Pet Farm: Deer, pigs and piglets, calves, sheep, lambs, goats and kids, ponies, donkeys and foals, rabbits, guinea pigs, puppies, ducklings, geese and goslings in the pond, etc.
Kerry Crafted Glass: Visit the glass studio and see the skill of a master craftsman at work. Unique hand sculptured designs from recycled glass.
Kingdom Greyhound Stadium: bar and restaurant with views of the racing
Killarney is a paradise for walkers and cyclists, and you will easily find out what ways and routes to choose from.